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In Depth Analysis Of A Cluster

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Russia is a major producer and exporter of oil and natural gas, and its economy largely depends on energy exports. Russia's economic growth continues to be driven by energy exports, given its high oil and gas production and the elevated prices for those commodities. As a matter or fact in the past two decades revenues and taxes, comming from oil and gas extraction and export are contributing the most part of Russian GDP (52% of federal budget revenues and over 70% of total exports in 2012, according to PFC Energy), along with mining industry. Because of that all these clusters are heavily controlled by Russian government. The main players of Russian oil market are Bashneft, Gazprom Neft, ...view middle of the document...

Russia then created a strategy to begin diversifying its oil transit routes to its biggest customers in Europe without relying so much on the transit states. First, Russia increased oil transit to the port of Primorsk via the Baltic Pipeline System. Then Russia began building a large second line of the Baltic Pipeline System to the Baltic port of Ust-Luga. Baltic Pipeline System-2 was completed in November 2011 and is expected to become operational in late March. Its capacity will be 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd), though only 850,000 bpd are planned for export via the newly expanded port at Ust-Luga. The rest of the oil will go to the Kirishi refinery and will be exported via tanker.
This export expansion will enable Moscow to strike direct deals with customers such as Poland and Germany and ship oil directly to them without having to rely on troublesome transit states. Russia is currently in a protracted dispute with Ukraine over natural gas prices and energy infrastructure ownership. Moscow can increase its leverage over Kiev now by diverting oil that would be transited by Ukraine to the new oil pipeline, depriving Ukraine of oil transit revenue and some of its importance as a transit state.
There are two problems with the Baltic Pipeline System-2, however: the aforementioned freezing of the Baltic ports for two months a year and the price difference of...

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